Made in Dagenham

In our attempt to open up the Cork Feminista movement to a wider audience and to keep people interested we’ve set a movie date as the event for our next discussion. On the 6th of October we’re going to see Made in Dagenham at the Gate Cinema (North Main Street). Linda will be on hand from about 6.15pm to meet and greet new members. The film should be over by about 9pm and we hope to head to the Bodgea or the Roundy to have a discussion over some tea, coffee or pints (whatever you prefer). We are also hoping to get some discounts for members so stay tuned on that front!

Here’s some info about the movie:

From the director of Calendar Girls comes the new comedy-drama with an all star British cast, Made in Dagenham. Paramount Pictures UK is delighted to announce the theatrical release on October 1st in both the UK and Ireland for the film that was formerly known under the working title of We Want Sex.

The film stars the award winning Sally Hawkins as Rita O’Grady who is the catalyst for the 1968 Ford Dagenham strike by 187 sewing machinists which led to the advent of the Equal Pay Act. Working in extremely impoverished conditions and for long arduous hours, the women at the Ford Dagenham plant finally lay down their tools when they are reclassified as “unskilled”. With humour, common sense and courage they take on their corporate paymasters, an increasingly belligerent local community, and finally the government itself. The leader of the women’s struggle is fast-talking, no nonsense Rita whose fiery temper and occasionally hilarious unpredictability proves to be a match for any of her male opponents, and is echoed by Barbara Castle’s struggle in the male-dominated House of Commons.

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